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Float your boat in the lake, bicycle or hike on a trail that provides scenic views of the neighboring foothills and Platte River valley, camp, ride a horse and even fly a model airplane - all at Chatfield State Park, nestled next to the foothills southwest of Denver. Boaters of all types from water skiers to fishing enthusiasts to canoeists and sailors - enjoy Chatfield Reservoirs waters. Boat rentals, a floating restaurant and a marina are also available at Chatfield. Get Colorado boating registration and regulation information by clicking here . Campers have their choice of 197 campsites all with electrical hookups and many with full hookups (water, sewer and electric), in four campgrounds at Chatfield. All campsites are within walking distance to the lake and have picnic tables and grills. Facilities include flush toilets, hot showers, laundry, centrally located water, fire ring and a sanitary waste station. In addition to the 197 single-family campsites offered at Chatfield, there are ten reservable Group Camping sites available. Please call the Park Office at (303) 791-7275 for more information or to reserve a Group campsite.

Good for Sunday morning strolls or jogging. Typically see a tribe of mountain goats and a few mule deer. Very popular and busy from early in the morning until afternoon.

didn't make it today, just to the last false summit.

Loved the hike. It was strenuous but we'll worth it.

Recommend having trekking poles, and yak Trax this time of year. Also, recommend having a partner there's not a lot of traffic and some if the scrambles could make for a very bad day.

walking
20 days ago

My favorite dog park so far... very large with swimming areas for the dogs. You have to pay the fees. We live close so its worth the annual pass.

hiking
21 days ago

Great with little ones.

nature trips
27 days ago

see lots of amazing wildlife and full of history! make sure you take a look around for the farm house!

Easy, flat running trail with great views after the first mile. Bighorn sheep, deer, and wildlife galore in December. Long, but worth it.

hiking
29 days ago

yes, plenty of false summits but the hike was great.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. The first mile of flat hiking is a good warmup for the hill. I look forward to doing it again.

This is an easy flat trail. There are bathrooms and picnic areas throughout. The bathrooms were clean. If you go to the dam it is about 3.2 miles, so 6.4 up and back if you turn around at that point. Lots of people jogging and great for bikes as the road is compact. I even saw two people with strollers. The trail follows a creek for much of the way. I saw some people fishing. The Big Horn Sheep did not disappoint; they even blocked the trail for a bit. :)

trail running
1 month ago

It is a great challenging climb. The beginning is very steep with loose rocks and dirt, but after that it’s not too bad. There are quite a few bushes that will scratch or cut you, so wear a long sleeve and pants. When you get closer to the top, it becomes very steep again, and you have to climb some rocks. FYI: some of the cairns are misleading near the top! We had to find our way up and who knows if we were on the trail or not. Going down is even worse as far as following the trail. We ended up going down on the wrong side of the mountain and trail-blazing our way across to the real trail. I’m an intermediate hiker with a bit of experience, and my friend was an out-of-shape, inexperienced hiker. We did just fine! Also, wear hiking boots; they have more grip and ankle support! Be wary of the toe and heel area though, for it is a steep trail for a good part of it. The view is smashing and there are big horn sheep up there. Have fun and good luck!

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail, close to the city and great for a quick lunchtime hike/walk

hiking
2 months ago

Great little trail. We saw a whole herd of big horned sheep about a mile and half in. Great for little kids. Can get chilly in the shade. Lots of bikers.

hiking
2 months ago

Views are incredible along the way. Plan for a long hike. Coming down was difficult and recommend poles as there’s a lot of loose rocks. About 6 false summits and can easily get off the trail. Keep an eye out for the cairns Great workout for the legs. Saw a herd of elk on the way too. Definitely wear long pants !

this is one of my favorites!! my go to. it's a very wide trail and you always see big horn sheep.

hiking
3 months ago

So many false summits!

Would be a five if it were called Sheep Mountain Trail JS

Great trail

hiking
3 months ago

I've lived in Colorado for exactly one year and this was one of my favorites to date. Hiking in early November was ideal as there is a lot of exposure to the sun. The cool morning was perfect for the ascent. The trailhead is easy to find. You can't miss the massive water pipes that will pass over your head. Just turn right at the pipes and you'll see the trail. I was the only person on the trail, although there was plenty of traffic on the Waterton Canyon trail. There were several Bighorn Sheep to gawk at. They continued eating grass as I walked right past them.
The trail is steep and rocky in parts and fairly easy going in others. It gets steeper and rockier as you climb.
The views were spectacular. I was however slightly disappointed with the summit view because there are houses that become visible as you step up on the summit.
The descent was slow going in parts due to the loose rock and steep terrain. It is easy to get off the trail on the way down in the rocky areas where you lose sight of the well beaten path. Just look for the many cairns and stay on the top of the ridge. I had to backtrack once and built a cairn to help the next hiker.
The recommendation to wear hiking pants in other reviews was very good advice. I came out without a scratch as I pushed through the areas with thick brush.
I highly recommend this hike for someone that would like a little more of a challenge and seclusion.

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